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How far do you travel to cut???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eggy, Jan 1, 2001.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    Another post has just got me wondering if maybe I am holding the growth of my buisness up by not covering a lot more areas. We are busy nhere in town really four good days to get things done in our current route which is within a small town and appx go only seven maybe ten max miles from home base. We are surronded by several other towns that are larger and smaller but good size towns. I would have to run another crew but finding help belive it or not isnt to bad of a problem here. What is the distance you guys/girls travel to mow..should I think about gowing 20 to 25 miles for accounts????
     
  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    We run up to 40 miles from home for residential (maintain develoments)6 or more homes in associations, same with condos and town houses that generate from $6,000.00 to $20,000.00 a year (for summer only) Businesses we are around 25 miles all summer. For our winter all residential homes are 5 miles in each direction from home and commercial and condo year round we will travel up to 10 miles for the other properties over these numbers we sub-contract the plowing out but keep the sanding business and add 5% to 10% over sub-contracters price so we will profit also.
     
  3. A CUT ABOVE

    A CUT ABOVE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    We run about 65 miles to do a chain of 29 convenience stores that bring in around $2,000 per month. We also run about 60 miles once a month to do a job that brings in about $7,000 per month. All residentials are within 10 miles of home.
     
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Right now the farthest we go is about 8 miles. That is for only two $200/month lawns. Other than that, everything is within 4 miles.
     
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I read in a trade magazine about a successful lawn company that only stays in a 3 mile radius!
     
  6. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    I'd have to say that everything is within 7-10 miles at this point. I live just outside town, so it's 3 miles just into the city, and then everything is with the 5-6 miles of the city limits.

    I've consolidated my routes a lot in the last six months, but can see myself branching out to the other small towns in our area if A) The money is really good, and B) I can get consecutive accounts to make the journey a worthwhile one...

    -TGC
     
  7. Closest account is about a mile from home, the furtherest one is 8 miles out in the country.
     
  8. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    I could ride the mower to at least 50% of my accounts in less than ten minutes if I had to :D
     
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    No accounts more than 15-20 minutes from home. I used to travel up to 30-40 minutes in each direction, but now I have condensed it down so 90% of my work is within 5 to 10 minutes away, and two of my commercials are about 20 minutes out and right by the expressway. This is a BIG help on road time!
     
  10. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I only travel in a 4 mile radius of home.I have my eyes on some big industrial sites with good size lawns about 10 miles away.My buddy with 2 crews and 4 Dixie choppers,2 exmark WBs travels in a 25+ mile radius.he is very successful,IMO.
     

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